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Fourth Basel Sustainability Forum

03/06/2019 , Basel, Switzerland

SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, Tropical Health, Health, Zero Hunger, Clean Water, Wellbeing
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The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (UN SDG 3) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Its targets include a reduction of: premature deaths of mothers and newborns, infectious and communicable diseases, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, alcohol and substance abuse, road traffic accidents, and deaths from chemicals and pollution. Furthermore, UN SDG 3 aims to strengthen or promote mental health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, access to health-care services and affordable medicines and vaccines, and the capacity for the management of national and global health risks (UN SDGs 2015). UN SDG 3 is only one of 17, each of which are similarly ambitious.

The UN SDGs are interdependent. Some goals serve as preconditions for healthy lives, and others are consequences thereof. Precursors are, for example, UN SDG 2 (End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), UN SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), UN SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all), UN SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), and UN SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). Goals affected by health are, for example, UN SDG 8 (Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all). Some goals are both preconditions and consequences of health, such as UN SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere). Poverty reduction is associated with better health and nutrition, which in turn has an effect on poverty reduction.

According to the OECD, the per capita health expenditure in 2015 (PPP) was US$9451 for the US, US$6935 for Switzerland, US$731 for China, and US$267 for India. Despite considerable variations in expenditures, all countries are struggling to maintain health care coverage in the face of rising costs, evolution of health care demands by the population, and changing demographics.

Health care is a central pillar of economic development, social welfare, and environmental management, and it is equally important to the most and least developed economies. Accordingly, health and sustainability are interdependent in at least two ways: the first relates to the reciprocal relationship between health and sustainability, the second to the sustainability of health and health care.

The Basel Sustainability Forum 2019 will focus on local and global issues associated with sustainability and health. It will explore different positions from health research, health policy, and the health business sector, and how these positions contribute or are obstacles to the sustainability of health and health care as a pillar of societal sustainability.
Constanze Pfeiffer, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer and Max Bergman
Chairs of the 4th Basel Sustainability Forum

When: 3 June 2019, 08:30-17:00

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility and 3rd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Climate

Conference Chairs

Hans-Florian Zeilhofer
Professor and Chief Physician in mouth-, jaw- and face surgery, University of Basel, Switzerland

Constanze Dorothee Pfeiffer
Project Coordinator at Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel, Switzerland

Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Introduction of Program

Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Keynote Speakers

Milo Puhan
Director Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland

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Conference Secretariat

Christoph Ratz
Géraldine Leuenberger
Diana Costa Lopes
Matthias Burkhalter


Mailing Address

MDPI Sustainability Foundation
BSF 2019 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland

Program and Schedule

Preliminary Program
The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum: Health
3 June 2019, Alte Universität, University of Basel, Switzerland



Morning Chair: TBA


Introduction of Program

Prof. Max Bergman
University of Basel


Keynote 1



Keynote 2



Coffee Break


Keynote: 3



Questions and Panel Discussion

Moderator: TBA


Lunch Break

Afternoon Chair: TBA


Keynote 4



Keynote 5



Coffee Break


Multi-stakeholders Roundtable

Moderator: TBA




Closing Remarks

Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel


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When: 3 June 2019, 08:30-17:00

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility and 3rd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Climate

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The conference will be held at the 'Alte Universität', Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel.

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About the University of Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. In international rankings, the University of Basel is regularly placed among the 100 top universities in the world thanks to its research achievements.

The University of Basel has deep roots in the economically powerful and culturally rich Basel region. The university also works closely with domestic and international partners to make relevant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and society. This also means that the University of Basel pays particular attention to aspects of sustainability, equal opportunity and knowledge transfer.

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BSF2019 Blog

30 November 2018

Jens Mortensen for The New York Times

Article by John Schwartz

Are we doomed?

If you’re an expert in climate science, you probably get this question a lot.

“I do,” said Kate Marvel, associate research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “And I’ve been hearing it more recently.”

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16 November 2018

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12-18 November, 2018

Change Can’t Wait. Our Time with Antibiotics is Running Out

Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

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16 November 2018

More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day


Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air examines the heavy toll of both ambient (outside) and household air pollution on the health of the world’s children, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The report is being launched on the eve of WHO’s first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health.

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09 November 2018

Poor diets threaten health more than malaria, tuberculosis, measles – new UN report

© FAO/G. Agostinucci Fruit and vegetables farmers' market in Budapest, Hungary. (file)

With one-in-five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a co-authored report on Wednesday, urging policymakers to reduce food loss and waste, to improve access to nutritious and healthy food.

The report, entitled “Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets”, concludes that regularly eating poor-quality food has become a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles.

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26 October 2018

Research news from the University of Basel: Air Pollution and Noise Increase Risk for Heart Attacks

Image: Swiss TPH, Jana Sönksen

Air pollution and transportation noise are both associated with an increased risk of heart attacks. Studies on air pollution, which do not take into account traffic noise, tend to overestimate the long-term effect of air pollution on heart attacks. These are the results of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, published in the European Heart Journal.

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19 October 2018

Influenza: are we ready?

Image: WHO

When 100 passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York in September 2018 fell ill with respiratory symptoms, health officials were concerned that they might be carrying a serious respiratory illness called MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and quarantined the plane until further health checks could be completed. Testing showed that several were positive for the influenza virus, which can be easily spread when people are in close contact or in contained spaces such as airports and planes for several hours.

Influenza may not always be thought of by most people as a serious illness – the symptoms of headaches, runny nose, cough and muscle pain can make people confuse it with a heavy cold. Yet seasonal influenza kills up to 650 000 people every year. That is why influenza vaccinations are so important, especially to protect young children, older people, pregnant women, or people who have vulnerable immune systems (click here for a Facebook live with Dr Martin Friede on the flu vaccine).

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16 October 2018

Today is World Food Day!

What can I do to help achieve #ZeroHunger? For example: don’t waste food; produce more, with less; Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet; Advocate for #ZeroHunger. Whether you’re a business, farmer, government representative or simply someone that’s willing to make a change, you can take action for #ZeroHunger.

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15 October 2018

Flavia Bustreo

"I would like to express my gratitude to FIGO to be awarded the FIGO Recognition Award to non obs/gyn for my work on women's health & maternal mortality reduction is an honor that I share with outstanding personalities Dr. Horacio Croxatto & Dr. Tedros."

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15 October 2018

Climate change already negatively affecting mental health, study shows

"Scientists analysed data from nearly two million US residents who reported the state of their mental health for 30 days with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention between 2002 and 2012, coupling this with climate data."

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12 October 2018

Fondation Botnar appoints Dr. Flavia Bustreo to its Board

Image: Fondation Botnar

Announcement: Fondation Botnar appoints Dr. Flavia Bustreo to its Board, 20/09/2018 – Basel, Switzerland.

Fondation Botnar is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Flavia Bustreo, an international expert and advocate for child health and wellbeing, to its Board, effective September 19, 2018.

Dr. Flavia Bustreo was the former Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health for the World Health Organization (WHO). She led the organization's work in maternal, child health, climate change, aging, vaccinations, health and human rights, health and gender equity, and the social determinates of health. She was a principle creator of the Global Strategy for Women Child and Adolescent Health in 2010 and 2015. She also contributed substantially to the UN Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 to reduce maternal and child mortality and to the development of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on health and wellbeing.

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01 October 2018

WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all

Image: WHO /D. Rodriguez

WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all

The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage – where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta – by 2030* unless countries make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds, WHO warned today as it launched the first global guidelines on sanitation and health.

By adopting WHO’s new guidelines, countries can significantly reduce the 829 000 annual diarrhoeal deaths due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. For every US$ 1 invested in sanitation, WHO estimates a nearly six-fold return as measured by lower health costs, increased productivity and fewer premature deaths.

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27 September 2018

World leaders commit to bold targets and urgent action to end TB

Image: WHO

World leaders meeting today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly have committed to ensure that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) receive the care they need by end 2022. They also agreed to provide 30 million people with preventive treatment to protect them from developing TB.

“Today is a landmark in the long war on TB,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “These are bold promises – to keep them partnership is vital. WHO is committed to working with every country, every partner and every community to get the job done.”

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24 September 2018

Image: Adam Wilson, Unsplash

More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.

18 September 2018

A child under 15 dies every 5 seconds around the world


An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by WHO, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group.

The vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first 5 years of life, with newborns accounting for around half of the deaths.

18 September 2018

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

821 million people now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting hunger eradication goal at risk

New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released today. Limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk.

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11 September 2018

How to eat well - and save the planet

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Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual's water footprint by as much as 55%. According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%.
Shifting to a healthy diet is a "win-win situation", say researchers. Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using less of one of our most precious natural resources - water.

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10 September 2018

Bryony Gordon, who co-wrote the letter signed by scores of campaigners Credit: John Lawrence

The phrase "commited suicide" should never be used because mental health problems are not a crime, leading figures have warned.

Celebrities, prominent clinicians and politicians have signed an open letter urging editors to re-evaluate the way suicide is portrayed in the media and to avoid “outdated language and stereotypes”.

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5 September 2018

Thinkstock Image caption. The transition towards more sedentary jobs in wealthier countries is likely to be making people less active, experts say.

Very little progress has been made in reducing levels of inactivity worldwide, experts have warned.

A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide - 1.4 billion - are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001.

Inactivity raises the risk of a raft of health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers.

High-income countries, including the UK, were among the least active.

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4 September 2018

Hands of migrants are seen on board the MV Aquarius in the harbour of Valletta, Malta, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

LONDON, Sept 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Crossing the central Mediterranean has become more treacherous than ever for migrants trying to reach Europe, with one in 18 dying or going missing during the voyage - more than double the rate last year, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday.

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4 September 2018

Health workers in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo administering an Ebola vaccine. Officials have given more than 4,000 doses of vaccine and are hopeful the outbreak is contained.CreditCreditOlivia Acland/Reuters

28 August 2018


LONDON, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly half the world's schools lack clean drinking water, toilets and handwashing facilities, putting millions of children at risk of disease, experts warned on Monday.
Almost 900 million children have to contend with a lack of basic hygiene facilities during their education, putting their health at risk and meaning some have to miss school.

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28 August 2018

Researchers predict the risk of transmission of dengue fever, Zika and other mosquito-borne disease will rise as climate change alters weather patterns. Photograph: Jeff Miller/AP

Europe is facing a growing threat of tropical disease outbreaks, as rising temperatures linked to climate change cause illnesses brought by travellers to spread more easily, health experts warned.

This summer has seen a sharp spike in West Nile virus infections in Europe, following soaring temperatures, compared with the past four years. Until the middle of August, 400 cases of the disease, which is carried by mosquitos, were recorded in Europe, with 22 fatalities, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Countries affected include Italy, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Romania, all of which have recorded cases of the tropical infection in the past.

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14 August 2018

Campaigners have criticised NHS’s care of women with mental health issues as ‘not fit for purpose’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

More than 200 patients killed themselves in mental health units over seven years, new figures have revealed, prompting concern about the safety and quality of care.

Data collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 224 people died of self-inflicted injuries between 2010 and 2016 in mental health hospitals in England.

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8 August 2018

The top 10 causes of death

Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.0 million lives in 2016, while lung cancer (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.7 million deaths. Diabetes killed 1.6 million people in 2016, up from less than 1 million in 2000. Deaths due to dementias more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, making it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016 compared to 14th in 2000.

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6 August 2018

Health, environment, and sustainable development

Kwame Nkrumah Interchange - Accra, Ghana - photo by Kwasiog

Urban planning is a health issue, and health is an urban planning issue. More than 80 percent of people living in urban areas are exposed to polluted air. Air pollution causes 7 million deaths each year, exerts an economic burden of billions of dollars, and is responsible for over a third of deaths by lung cancer, stroke and pulmonary disease.

The sectors that are the biggest causes of urban air pollution — transport, energy, waste and other energy intensive industries — also contribute to other major health risks, including traffic injuries, noise stressors, barriers to physical activity and sanitation risks.

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6 August 2018

The guardian: "Air pollution linked to changes in heart structure"
Written by: Nicola Davis

Study shows correlation between levels of exposure to fine particulate matter and chamber enlargement seen in early stages of heart failure

London skyline: people living in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from air pollution than people living in Sweden. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Air pollution is linked to changes in the structure of the heart of the sort seen in early stages of heart failure, say researchers.

The finding could help explain the increased number of deaths seen in areas with high levels of dirty air. For example, a report last year revealed that people in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from the effect of air pollution than people living in Sweden. Such premature deaths can be linked to a number of causes including respiratory problems, stroke and coronary artery disease.

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31 July 2018

Speaking to the global health chief: An interview with WHO’s Dr Tedros

Image: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Photo by James Chau

Coming into office on a strong wave of support, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – or Dr Tedros – as he is popularly referred to, took the helm of the World Health Organization (WHO) in July last year.

Universal health coverage (UHC) was a central theme of his election campaign, and so it’s no surprise that he has made this a pillar of his leadership in the 12 months since. At its simplest, UHC is accessible and affordable health care for everyone, where “all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.” It’s not new. When it was founded in 1948, WHO’s constitution made clear that health was a fundamental human right. What Dr Tedros is seeking to achieve today takes this vision to a different level.

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30 May 2018

Basel Sustainability Forum Series 2019 / 2020

The organizer of the Basel Sustainability Forum Series are currently looking for founding partners for the next four editions of the Basel Sustainability Forum to support the conferences and to join the newly founded MDPI Sustainability Foundation network.

For more information please contact: Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI Sustainability Foundation, Email:

29 May 2018

BSF2018 - Final Program Uploaded

The final program of the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate has been uploaded at Keynote: Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, University of Bern - Climatic Hazards in Africa and Insights for Farmers Food Security.

24 May 2018

BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate

Océane Dayer

Keynote: Océane Dayer, Swiss Youth for Climate and SDSN Switzerland - The Paris Agreement – Mobilization Beyond the International Arena

Paris Agreement: Essential Elements

The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework. Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found here.

14 May 2018

BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate - Roundtable Moderation by Kim Berrendorf


Kim Berrendorf alias KimiB.Good will moderate the Multi-stakeholders Roundtable at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate. Participants: Angela Hinel (University of Basel), Thomas Hügli (Chief Sustainability Officer AXA Switzerland), Matthias Nabholz (Head Environment and Energy, Canton Basel-Stadt), Chinwe Ifejika Speranza (Professor University of Bern), Andreas Zivy (Chairman of Ameropa Holding, Founding Member of the Ameropa Foundation) and Marco Piffaretti (University of Basel).

27 April 2018

BSF2019 / 1 - The 4th Basel Sustainability Fourm: Health


Announcement: The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum on Health Issues in Switzerland and Africa will be held in Spring 2019. Ideas? Please let us know and subscribe to the 'Conference Series' to stay updated.

19 April 2018

Short Bio of the Confirmed Main Speakers

Océane Dayer
Founder and Vice-President Swiss Youth for Climate and Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland. As the representative of the Swiss Youth at the UN (YouthRep) in 2015, Océane founded Swiss Youth for Climate She is also Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland Prof. Ifejika Speranza is a Geographer with backgrounds in Climatology (BSc, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria), Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (MSc, Univ. of Zurich), and Human Geography (PhD, Univ. of Bern). She is Professor at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland. She has over 10 years’ experience in training Extension Officers in Kenya and Tanzania on drought and food security management, and is involved in science-policy activities. She is an associate fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn, and a visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is an editorial board member of Regional Environmental Change.

Thomas Stocker
Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP), University of Bern, Switzerland Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction. From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group I of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that provided the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement Thomas Stocker holds two honorary doctorates (University of Versailles and ETH Zürich) and received numerous awards for his work. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist in 2017

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06 April 2018

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Thomas Stocker Keynote Speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management and Thomas Stocker, Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP) both from the University of Bern, Switzerland confirmed as keynote speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate.

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05 April 2018

United Nations Climate Change Head Wants Donald Trump Back in the Paris Agreement

Patricia Espinosa
Photo: Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The head of the United Nations body charged with addressing global warming wants to work with the Trump administration to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, she told TIME last week at an energy conference in Houston.
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that she remains “hopeful” that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement can be reversed before it becomes official in 2020. By Justin Worland, TIME

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02 April 2018

China’s Bold Energy Vision

WSA Cape Town
Thandi Mgwebi, Max Bergman, Sonia and Jeffrey Sachs joint recipients of the first World
Sustainability Award
, and Franck Vazquez at the ceremony during WSF2017 in Cape Town,
South Africa. Photo: Matthias Burkhalter

China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today. By Jeffrey D. Sachs

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Chinese Version: 中国大胆的能源愿景

29 March 2018

"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"

Joseph Deiss
Photo: Joseph Deiss. © WTI

Whether the environment, business and trade, migration, or institutional development: the international community faces immense challenges. Now, 15 years after it officially joined the UN, Switzerland, too, must re-examine its global role: Does it wish to act as a bridge builder for a better world? How does it help enable real solutions? At the 1st Swiss-UN Day on March 23, 2018, representatives from science, policy, international organizations, and civil society met at the University of Bern to discuss the way forward. By Gaby Allheilig

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07 March 2018

University of Basel tests camera for Mars rover

From Witterswil to Mars: Professor Nikolaus Kuhn tests the operation of a specially
developed camera with a model of the ExoMars Rover. (Image: University of Basel, Florian Moritz)

In 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending a rover into space to examine the surface of Mars for signs of life. Its on-board equipment includes a high-resolution camera developed in Switzerland, and researchers from the University of Basel are currently testing the camera’s operation in an artificial Martian landscape.

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01 September 2017

Climate scientist Thomas Stocker awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize

Professor Thomas Stocker and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

Thomas Stocker, a professor at the University of Bern, has been awarded this year’s Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize. By means of climate modelling and ice core analysis, Prof Stocker has been able to demonstrate the reality of climate change and its resulting consequences. In keeping with the objects of the Foundation, his research findings are of great importance to human life, and address one of the main challenges facing today’s society. Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Marcel Benoist Foundation, met Professor Thomas Stocker in Bern today, and congratulated him on this important award. The award ceremony will be held in Bern on 1 November.

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Restaurants for Lunch

10 minutes by tram 8 direction 'Neuweilerstrasse' - 'Tram Stop: Markthalle'

Alte Markthalle, Steinentorberg 10, 4051 Basel

Photo: Alte Markthalle

10 or less minutes walk from the 'Alte Universität' Basel

KLARA, Clarastrasse 13, 4058 Basel

Photo: Nicolas Gysin

Manor Basel, Greifengasse 22, 4058 Basel

or one of the 'Buvettes' alongside the 'Kleinbasler Rheinufer'

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